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MBIE November 2019 Building Code Update

- Olivia Gill
Liquefaction-prone ground needs to be mapped We’ve changed B1/AS1 to require robust foundations for liquefaction-prone ground. This change is already in place in the Canterbury region, and will now be extended to all of New Zealand. This will provi...

Future of the New Zealand Geotechnical Database (NZGD)

- Ross Roberts
We’re delighted to report that the New Zealand Geotechnical Database will be fully funded by the Earthquake Commission (EQC) until 2022, so its short-term future is secure. Special thanks go to John Scott and Jo Horrocks of EQC for driving this...

NZGS Auckland & Northland YGP Symposium – Nov 8th 2019

- Olivia Gill
The 2nd NZGS Auckland & Northland YGP Symposium is happening on November 8th 2019 in Auckland. What is it? A one day event where the young people of the local geotechnical industry gather to share and learn from each other. Hopefully you will not...

NZGS Management Committee – Call for Nominations

- Olivia Gill
Dear Members, The Call for Nominations for the NZGS Management Committee are open. Nominations for THREE elected members to the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 Management Committee are requested. A candidate for election must be nominated and seconded by two...

Feedback request – building code issues

- Ross Roberts
The NZGS is represented by the Chair and Vice-Chair, alongside other technical societies, on MBIE’s Building Code Technical Advisory Group (BCTRAG). This group meets with MBIE twice a year to present identified technical risks to MBIE, and we a...

EngNZ Earthquake Resistant Retaining Wall Design

- Olivia Gill
Presented by Kevin McManus and Nick Traylen Summary The seminar will focus on earthquake resistant retaining wall design in engineering practice with direct reference to the recently published MBIE & NZGS guidelines document, Module 6: Earthquake...

NZGS 2019 Student Poster Competition

- Olivia Gill
Deadline extended to 15 December 2019 INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE The New Zealand Geotechnical Society wishes to recognise and encourage student participation in the fields of rock mechanics, soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering and engineering geo...